A little outside of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the green hills of Marin, in to Muir Beach sits an old English Inn that looks like it came out of a storybook. It is surrounded by a beautiful green lawn and beckons visitors to their small pub with a wooden sign with a pelican painted on it.
The Pelican Inn is like visiting the British countryside without the cost of the airplane ticket. Once inside, to the left is a small nook of a pub with darts, hearty meals like shepherd's pie and fish and chips, and of course many hearty ales. My favorite is the "Black and Tan," a half pint of Bass pale ale and half Guinness. The pub is dark and moody and I think the best when it is rainy out.
They also have a small restaurant that serves similar fare as the pub but a bit more on the fancy side. There is a huge fireplace and at night, they light tall white candles at each table. The romance of the place is undeniable. This makes it a popular spot for small weddings.
If you want to stay longer than just a pint or dinner, the rooms they offer are cozy and charming. You really feel like you are staying in someone's house but in a good way. If the sun is still up after you eat, take a short stroll over to Stinson Beach to catch the sunset. Make your way back to the pub for a hot brandy as a night cap or into the "Snug," a small living room with a fireplace, to catch up on your book, and then retire to your room.
In the morning they serve a HUGE English breakfast with eggs and bangers. (Included with your room) It is served in their adorable little covered patio just off the tiny dark restaurant.
This place is very special in our family. My mom and stepdad celebrated their honeymoon and many anniversaries here, some of our best friends have gotten married here and Finch and I have celebrated an anniversary as well! We also go on occasion for holiday brunches such as Easter or Mother's Day.
It is well worth the 40 minute drive from San Francisco to this cozy oasis that feels thousands of miles away.
"As soon as I enter the door of a tavern, I experience oblivion of care, and a freedom from solicitude. There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn."
The Pelican Inn
10 Pacific Way
Muir Beach, CA 94965-9729